Robed man treks across county
SYCAMORE – Neal Thompson attracted a lot of attention as he passed through DeKalb County on foot Monday and Tuesday.
The bearded, 59-year-old resident of St. Louis was dressed in layers of all-white clothing, carrying a staff and wearing a large wooden cross when he arrived by train Aug. 4 in Chicago. After a quick visit to Lake Michigan’s lakefront, he headed west on Chicago’s North Avenue, which becomes Route 64.
Thompson said he travels to a different location every year, usually by bus or train, then walks back to St. Louis. He has been making the treks for 15 years, and said on average, he can cover a mile in about 45 minutes.
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